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What can fix a toxic workplace?

I just read a great post about detecting and then fixing a toxic workplace.

Many CEO’s miss this critical understanding of why their toxic workplace is either not producing the results, or is failing.

Don’t under estimate these toxic symptoms and the 5 ingredients to a healthy environment.

Brian de Haaff, CEO of Aha! Says in his post-

Yes, it is important to be compensated well for hard work — but money alone cannot fix a toxic work culture. So, what can fix a toxic workplace?

Studies show that non-financial perks (such as recognition, remote work, and flexible schedules) make a considerable impact on employee engagement and job satisfaction. The best companies go beyond financial rewards and address what people really want — appreciation and the chance to be their best in every area of life. This is true if a company is already behaving well or recovering from poor behavior.

Here are five key ingredients that I believe are necessary for people to be happy at work:


You want to feel like your work matters. So ask yourself: Do you know what you are working on each day and why? How does your work fit into the company's big picture? When the answers to these questions are clear, even your most mundane tasks will be fused with a sense of purpose.


Happiness does not come from maintaining the status quo. Leaders should provide a clear path for growth -- offering you opportunities to increase skills, take on new projects, and move into new roles. If this is not happening for you, you might need to pursue your own growth, whether it is volunteering for a new project, seeking out a mentor, or having an honest conversation with your boss about your career trajectory (or lack thereof).